2010-07-22 51 -0
In a field by a fishery and caravan park near Newdigate, Surrey.
Noticing in the morning that the coordinates were only ~10km away by bike, I cursed the intermittent heavy rain showers and severe weather warning. It wasn't until 16:00 when it had been dry for a few hours that I dared to set off.
I've enthused before about the marvellous system of public rights of way in the UK - the legal framework and the huge network of footpaths, bridleways and byways that make it possible to go pretty much anywhere you like in the countryside, even across private land. As usual, there was a footpath within a short distance of this hash, and I was able to travel most of the way there without having to use roads.
The lake is home to a fishery, a catch and release fishing lake, an adjacent caravan park, and apparently a paintball range as well. The fishing clubhouse had a well stocked bar and was just visible through the treeline from the hash point and I indulged in an icy-cold cider after hashing.
Bicycles are theoretically not allowed on public footpaths (only on bridleways with the horses), and it would usually be tough work anyway as they have frequent stiles. I ended up approaching the hash not from the footpath but from the private road leading to the lake. This led me to the corner of the hash field, and a simple trip down and up the bordering ditch brought me into the wheat field. From here, it was simply a question of finding a path to the hash point causing the least amount of crop damage. The satellite image was not helpful as it showed last year's tracks, but the GPS reception was good out in the open and the hash was quickly logged.
Coordinates were reached around 17:15. A lovely cider in the sunshine was my reward followed by the slog home and the vicious final climb up the hill to where I'm staying.
| davidc achieved level 5 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
| davidc earned the Pub Geohash Achievement